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Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am
Seven Thurs., Apr. 24-June 5, 9:00-11:00 am, $220  This is a review of Wendy Walsh's Advanced Italian class, taught by Sylvia Iannelli.  
Start: 6:00 pm
Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa$95 person • includes the book, meal, wine, tax, tip & dessertCall Book Passage at 415-927-0960 to reserve, or click link belowThis event is now sold out.Menu-Sautéed shrimp, grits, green garlic, fava beans-Braised Berkshire pork, butter beans, mustard greens, salsa verde-Rhubarb pudding cake with ice creamFrances Mayes has created a lyrical and evocative memoir about coming of age in the Deep South, and the region’s powerful influence on her life. The author of Under the Tuscan Sun revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family in Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir ($26.00). As part of this special event, The Spinster Sisters will serve a one-night-only, Tuscan- inspired menu.  
Start: 7:00 pm
When April Vogt’s boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit apartment in the ninth arrondissement, the Sotheby’s continental furniture specialist does not hear the words dust or rats or shuttered for seventy years. She hears Paris. She hears escape.Once in Paris, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder’s repository. Beneath the dust and cobwebs is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold. First, there’s a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Époque. And there are letters and journals written by the woman in the painting, documents showing she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable décolletage. Suddenly it’s no longer about the bureau plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It’s about a life. It's about two lives, actually.With the help of a salty Parisian solicitor and the courtesan’s private documents, April tries to uncover the secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into one woman’s life, April can’t help but take a deeper look into her own. When two things she left bubbling back in the States begin to boil over, April starts to wonder if in this apartment or in this life, she’ll ever find what she’s looking for. Michelle Gable graduated from The College of William & Mary. When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she’s spent her career in finance. Born and raised in San Diego, Gable currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat. A Paris Apartment ($25.99) is her first novel.     

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